COVENTRY – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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1st – 2nd February 2020
£150 for 2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free)
£75 for 1 full day
£25 for 1-2-1 session (note: you must buy a Saturday ticket to do this)
Concession prices (CODE: WWW40) and payment plans available
4 workshops, 1-2-1s, hours of free writing time and all-inclusive lunch, snacks and drinks from 9-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop details:

SAT AM: Workshop One: Writing Diversely – explain the core concepts of diversity in writing, and explain why it is important for writers of all kinds to make their work inclusive, and how to research identities and avoid stereotypes

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Working with agents – an explanation of the submission process, followed by a session where we will work on crafting query letters, synopsis and pitches, as well as choosing a shortlist of agents to query. NB: students will need a rough idea of their project in order to create the query letter
SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Miriam Tobin
SUN AM: Workshop Three: Working with publishers – an explanation of the process of editing with a publisher, with guided exercises in editing an chapter extract, swapping work and line-editing each other’s writing using Microsoft Word tracked changes and comments. NB: students will need to bring a scene along to edit
SUN PM: Workshop Four: Writing with STEM – how to write science fiction based on articles in the news. We will choose a recent news topic based on a scientific subject and use the ideas and concepts to create an engaging story


Inclusive of the following:

  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel
  • Notepad and Pen at each place setting
  • HUB Sweets
  • Hub Conference Café:
    • Unlimited use throughout meeting including full range of Teas, Coffees, Herbal & Fruit Teas
    • Fully stocked fridge with soft drinks, mineral water and orange juice
    • Selection of Flapjacks available in morning & Cakes in the afternoon
    • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
    • Lunch
    • Still and Sparkling Mineral Water
    • Complimentary use of leisure facilities including a state-of-the-art health and fitness club, spa and large pool (via prior arrangement)
    • Free Car Parking available

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Lauren James was born in 1992, and graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series.

She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.

Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. She has been described as ‘Gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘A strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly.

Her other novels include The Last Beginning, named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent, and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, which was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future.

Lauren is published in the UK by Walker Books and in the US by HarperCollins. She lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She lectures at the University of Cambridge and Coventry University, and works with Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.


Miriam Tobin grew up in London and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She then lived in Barcelona where she worked at the Ella Sher Literary Agency before returning to London to join Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2017. She works closely with Claire Wilson on her eclectic list of children’s authors and with Zoë Waldie on her adult list. She loves discovering new voices and is always on the lookout for quirky stories, distinctive styles and well-drawn characters.


Village Hotel

Dolomite Lane, Coventry Business Park

Coventry CV4 9GZ



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2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free), 1 full day Saturday, 1 full day Sunday, 1-2-1

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